Desirable difficulties

MFL etc...

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I first heard about this very recently. Earlier on this week, I was talking to blogger and pedagogue, our very own Andy Tharby. Whilst discussing various topics, Andy introduced me to the concept of ‘interleaving’. I thought: ‘Wow, he sounds very clever!’ I wanted to know more in order to be in a position where I could sound clever too! So, right after lunch duty, I googled ‘interleaving’. I then read about ‘desirable difficulties’ and it’s been a Eureka moment since then!
1. What is a desirable difficulty?
(a) A situation which makes something harder to learn initially (harder to ‘encode’), but nevertheless makes it easier to recall and apply at a later time (easier to ‘retrieve’).dd1

(b) It is basically the idea of ‘No pain, no gain’. For example in cycling or running, doing hill repetitions once a week to gain muscle strength and cadence or leg speed even…

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